Boost to policing in Lincolnshire

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LINCOLNSHIRE Police now have a new tool to tackle major crime – instant access to the Police National Database which pools information held by forces across the UK.

The database was launched in response to the murders of ten year olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.

Police in Humberside and Cambridgeshire were criticised for poor information sharing which allowed murderer Ian Huntley to slip through the net and get a job as a caretaker at the girls’ Soham school.

Until the launch of the PND, officers from one force had to request information from another – and wait for an answer.

Lincolnshire police detective inspector Chris Bennett said the PND is a major step forward for tackling serious and organised crime.

He said: “It will ensure officers have a more complete picture about people and events on a national basis when investigating serious crime or making important decisions.”

He said the conviction of a Sheffield burglar at Lincoln Crown Court last November for offences in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire demonstrated the need to be able to link crimes and identify offenders no matter how widely they travel.